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Cognitive-behavioural treatment of functional neurological symptoms (conversion disorder) in children and adolescents: a case series

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Fiona A. McFarlane, Hannah Allcott-Watson, Maria Hadji-Michael, Eve McAllister, Daniel Stark, Colin Reilly, Sophie Bennett, Andrew McWillliams, Isobel Heyman

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ejpn.2018.12.002
JournalEuropean Journal of Paediatric Neurology
Volume https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ejpn.2018.12.002
Issue number https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ejpn.2018.12.002
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Publication statusPublished - 13 Dec 2018

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Aim To describe a cognitive-behavioural treatment and clinical outcomes in a series of children with functional neurological symptoms (FNS). Method Thirty-six children with FNS were assessed and of these twenty-two (13 male, 9 female) with a mean age 14.5 years (SD=2.6, range 6-17 years) completed treatment with cognitive behaviour therapy embedded in routine child and adolescent clinical/systemic practice. Treatment outcomes were measured at baseline and post-intervention on the Child Global Assessment Scale (CGAS), Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire (SDQ), Goal Based Outcomes (GBO) and Revised Child Anxiety and Depression Scale (RCADS). Results Scores on the CGAS improved significantly post-intervention (p

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